Alfred Gratien Champagne Blend Champagne Brut NV
Based in the heart of Epernay, Chef des Caves Jean-Pierre Jaeger'squality-driven philosophy has raised Gratien's game considerably. Thisexquisite Champagne, with Chardonnay elegance to the fore, has notes ofapricot, brioche and peach to underline the complexity on the palate. AtGratien they serve this alongside duck breast with nectarine - what a memorableexperience!
Pale golden color. Has a pleasant spice on the palate with green fruit flavors, mostly pears and citrus. Full bodied and delicious.
External Reviews for Alfred Gratien Champagne Blend Champagne Brut
Firm yet accessible, hereandrsquo;s a medium-bodied Champagne with bread, apple and a hint of coffee. Balanced, with a lingering finish. Drink now.
The NV Brut is a wonderfully elegant, classy wine laced with perfumed fruit that carries through to the finish, where smoke and toastiness add further layers of complexity. This mid-weight Champagne is an impeccable wine at the non-vintage level. Disgorged: June, 2008, (not indicated on the label). Anticipated maturity: 2009andndash;2013. This is an impressive set of wines from Alfred Gratien. The wines are notable for their sheer class and refinement.
The light, persistent mousse carries an understated aroma of hazelnuts and cream. Itandrsquo;s soft and velvety on the palate, this it finishes dry and slightly tart. A clean, simple and integrated wine.
A very lean, dry style that focuses on its acidity and green fruits. This makes it a style that needs good bottle aging andmdash; the sample tasted was too young. But for those who like dry, crisp Champagnes, this is beautifully made.
Offers lovely balance and a fine, lacy texture, with the firm acidity providing a backbone for the flavors of ripe blackberry and pear fruit, pastry cream, candied lemon zest, almond biscotti, oyster shell and chalk. Disgorged November 13, 2013. Drink now through 2021.
A bright, balanced version, with a streak of minerality and a pleasant juiciness to flavors of black currant, poached apple, brioche, grilled plum and crystallized honey. Hints of candied lemon zest and grated coconut ride the fine texture on the finish. Drink now through 2020.
Fresh-tasting and creamy, with a hint of oak adding complexity. Apple, peach and grapefruit flavors prevail, with nervy acidity driving the finish. Echoes spice and butter on the finish. Drink now through 2012.